The Music of Raymond Scott - Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights
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||Powerhouse||Raymond Scott||2:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Toy Trumpet||Raymond Scott||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tobacco Auctioneer||Raymond Scott||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||New Years Eve In a Haunted House||Raymond Scott||2:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Manhattan Minuet||Raymond Scott||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals||Raymond Scott||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Reckless Night On Board an Ocean Liner||Raymond Scott||3:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Moment Musical||Raymond Scott||2:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Twilight In Turkey||Raymond Scott||2:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Penguin||Raymond Scott||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Oil Gusher||Raymond Scott||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In an 18th Century Drawing Room||Raymond Scott||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Girl At the Typewriter||Raymond Scott||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Siberian Sleighride||Raymond Scott||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||At an Arabian House Party||Raymond Scott||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Boy Scout In Switzerland||Raymond Scott||2:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bumpy Weather Over Newark||Raymond Scott||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Minuet In Jazz||Raymond Scott||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||War Dance for Wooden Indians||Raymond Scott||2:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Quintet Plays Carmen||Raymond Scott||2:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Huckleberry Duck||Raymond Scott||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Peter Tambourine||Raymond Scott||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The name may not be immediately familiar, but the music itself certainly is; to anyone weaned on the legendary Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, Raymond Scott's deliriously inventive freak jazz is the soundtrack of childhood, with each and every note capable of conjuring up indelible images of such immortal characters as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. The WB connection is both Scott's greatest legacy and his greatest curse, however; he never composed a note specifically for cartoons, and his most memorable and distinctive melodies were actually co-opted for animated use by Warner's brilliant music director, Carl Stalling. Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights, then, restores Scott's work to its original, stand-alone setting, confirming his cult reputation as one of the most innovative and original musical thinkers of his era. Even free of cartoon mayhem, his music is remarkably visual and colorful, perfectly evocative of such surreal titles as "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" and "War Dance for Wooden Indians"; probably the best-known cut here is the opening "Powerhouse," a uniquely mechanized piece used in any number of cartoons and television commercials and a perfect summation of Scott's intricate arrangments, complex shifting rhythms, and formal lunacy. Recommended for listeners ages eight to 80.
Not just Looney Tunes
If you're a big fan of Ren and Stimpy or Spumco cartoons, you'll also recognize a lot of this music from various episodes - basically every time a jazz piece was used on that show, it was from this collection. Hilarious stuff! Definitely worth downloading.
This is the guy!
I attended the Disney Institute Animation Event in 1999. The guests and I attending, in groups of 10, each made an animated short about the upcoming Y2K scare. When we saw all the animated shorts together, they had some quirky, cartoony jazz playing in the background. THIS IS THE GUY! RAYMOND SCOTT!! The pieces they used, the I can remember, were "Powerhouse" and "New Years Eve In a Haunted House." They fit the theme of the show perfectly.
Born: September 10, 1908 in Brooklyn, NY
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s